Windows 7 appears to have broken through in the business market with the sort of strength that many in the channel were hoping for back on its release last October.
According to figures from distribution collated by Context looking at PCs sold across Europe by mid December the latest Microsoft operating system had already done better than Vista at an equivalent stage after launch.
Business sales of the OS were one of the highlights and the analyst house is expecting that trend to continue over the rest of this year.
"Our distributor panel sells close to 600,000 PC units weekly across all the major European economies", commented Context co-founder Jeremy Davies.
“By the end of the week before Christmas this year, two months after the Windows 7 launch,we found that 11% of all PCs sold by distributors went out with a business version of Windows 7 installed. Eight weeks after the Vista launch, only 4% of PCs had any business version of Vista installed”, he added.
Davies pointed to several factors that could maintain a solid start for Windows 7 with some customers having delayed a refresh last year opting to roll out upgrades in 2010 as well as potential compatability issues.